Crowdsourcing Mornings Stuff

Crowdsourcing Mornings: Kira Mechanical Keyboard


This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Kira is the ultimate full size mechanical keyboard.  Designed by Input Club and legendary keyboard artist Angelo Tobias, its unique RGB underglow and custom mechanical switches give you an unmatched typing experience.  Kira is fully hardware programmable, which turns any key into a multi-function macro without active software.  Input Club’s keyboard engineering team designed Kira from the ground up to achieve sleek aesthetics, peerless build quality, and near-infinite customization options for its RGB-backlit keys.  Kira is more than a mechanical keyboard.  It’s a work of functional art; a beautiful, open source object backed by an entire community of enthusiasts.  Kira is meant for people who accept only the best on their desk.

Traditional full size keyboards are less space efficient than Kira, which packs all the keys you want into a condensed layout.  Its custom keycaps use long-lasting, wear resistant plastic and a printing method that can’t be worn off.  They also have a wonderful texture that won’t easily shine or show finger oils.  This durable plastic, known as PBT, was proven in keyboards like the IBM Model M. Model M keycaps from the 1980s are still sturdy enough for continuous use today, even after decades of wear.  Kira is fully open source.  Its design files will go live on Github after they meet their commitments to backers.  Input Club’s programming tools enable complete customization; all layouts and key combinations can be configured at the hardware level.  Efficient layouts like Dvorak and Colemak are also within your grasp.

As of April 23rd, this project has raised $345,000 of their $50,000 goal. This project has 3 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $179, you will get one keyboard.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lekashman/kira-mechanical-keyboard

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